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This is the ToE roleplay thread where players who have created their own pony character can come on in and adventure with others in the world of MLP. If you want to join the thread then please check out the OOC thread and submit a character sheet and await for approval.
All of the rules stated in the ToE core rule book is applied here with the exception of a few house rules. First off when a character gains a new level, they will upgrade a single trait of their choice, upgrade their Cutie Mark Skill, and upgrade/learn 3 new skills. Skills can not be upgraded more than once per level. Also a character will only ever have two quirks to their character and will not gain new quirks when raising their level.
The last thing to note is that if you have any questions or suggestions then you may contact me in the OOC thread or in the discord chat if you want to make a voice call. I hope you sign up and join us for these adventures
Signed, Critical Hit
Crit: "Twilight has been gathering the numbers so we can all understand the scope of things. I also get the feeling that we will actually be planning on what we will be doing next to stop Tirek."
They open up the door and find the Mane 6 sitting down at the table with Celestia and Luna at the head of the group. They all looked up at them and Celestia smiled while Luna looked serious with the danger looming over the land.
Celestia: "Oh it is Epic Mount, Critical Hit, and Summer Rye. We've been waiting for you. Please have a seat and make yourself comfortable."
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Summer Rye gave a very deep bow before the princesses and waved at the mane six before quickly heading over one of the chairs to have a seat. "Much obliged."
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Crit: "Thanks for letting us crash."
Critical was much more less than honorable around the princesses but at this point it should be expected of him.
Once they all have their seats Celestia addresses them.
Celestia: "I've heard so much about you all and I am glad to have met you those couple of times for the knighting ceremonies but now this time we can talk more among one another. To hear what you have done, stop a crime wave in Canterlot, Join and help the knights, stop an usurption of my throne, save a lost city, and now you are well posed to stop Tirek. Equestria can use many ponies like you three."
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Summer Rye turned all red at the praise from the princess and gave a stupid grin. "It was nothing, Your Excellency" he said, having no real idea how to address the ruler of the land.
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Luna: "Of course with your accomplishments we hope you are confident about the trial you will soon face when attacking Tirek. Before we discuss that though we must talk about the markless ponies."
Celestia: "You are right little sister. Right now Equestria does not have the medical funding to help the ponies out."
Applejack: "We gotta do something though, we can't just let them on the streets like they are now."
Rarity: "Applejack is right. I suggest we pull some money from one of the other programs to help boost our efforts."
Luna: "Aside from the hospitals, we have these other sources we can temporarily draw from. Military, Records, Construction, and Politics are the areas we can pull from. Which one do you three think we should take from in this time of trouble?"
Pulling money out of a certain program could affect the land and make the ponies who work in that area upset at the party but in the end money must be brought in to help the markless if the party wants to help them.
Summer Rye's eyes widened as he was asked such a difficult question. He didn't think the Military should be touched and found Polistics would just be an easy target.
"Records... does a lot of money go into archiving things?"
Luna: "Records are used to help us keep track of the events that go on in our everyday lives for later generations to look on. Many of our problems have been solved from looking back into the past."
Celestia: "If we did pull funding from that then the events we are going through right now could be forever lost. for a few years."
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Summer Rye pondered that. "But the present is more important for all these ponies right now... " Then he looked at Princess Twilight. "Twilight, you enjoy reading lots, right? Could you use your skill to maybe help keeping those records if we took funds off of it?"
Taking money off from something involving books and history actually put Twilight off.
Twilight: "Ooh... I would rather not take funds from the archives but I understand."
Rainbow Dash: "Oh come on Twilight, it won't be that bad."
Twilight: "Knowing our history is incredibly important Rainbow Dash... but yes I can try to keep things together while money is being set aside."
Celestia: "So then the Records. Is everypony here okay with that?"Note this can affect the ending.
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"Well... I don't want to make that decision all by myself to be honest. I think Epic should be heard as well."I guess Crit will go with the majority?
>>14936Since its government funding, Critical wouldn't care too much on where the money is pulled from but he would definitely see the fun in taking money from Politics.
Crit: "For me I don't really care that much. Right now stopping Tirek is all I care about."
Twilight: "Critical I would hope you take this more seriously."
He just shrugs his shoulders at her comment.
Crit: "I mean no offense but this sort of thing is not my area of expertise. Need somepony to show you how to roll dice then I am there."
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Rye nods "Well, my decision stands. Twilight, I know you love the written word and statistics... I know it's important. But all these things are. I hope you can keep things together while we tackle Tirek."
Twilight: "I... I understand. Oh but we need to talk about numbers. The estimated amount of ponies who had lost their cutie marks range to be close to 3,500,000 ponies in all of Equestria."
The room goes silent, a third of the population had lost their marks and are on the streets. Tirek... had been busy."Got this number from the average US city population, multiply it by 7 for each major Equestria City, +500,000 for minor towns and finally take a third out of the total sum.>>14939Later
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OK, I'm sort of caught up now.
>Epic Mount was not paying attention to the meeting. Hs thoughts were on his revenge on Tirek.
>He returned his attention to chime in.
What about Politics instead of Records?
After all, it's the princess who are upmost rule when it comes to politics. Even if government officials don't want to give money away, they'll be quick to take credit for helping the blank victims in order to look favourable to other civilian ponies.
Alternatively, if you can't pull from one of the four specified areas, why not just a quarters worth from each of them?
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Crit: "Ha ha, yeah I would like to see how the local mayors scrounge about for their money and all that!"
Celestia: "If we do take from the political funds then the small governments in the cities and towns will decay over time and it may take some time to get back to normalcy in that respect."
Luna: "Though I'm sure we can keep things calm after Tirek has been dealt with if we do go that route."
So what about taking a quarter from each then?
All for one and one for all?
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Celestia: "That could be done, the costs would be mitigated but everypony would feel it at that point. Is that the route you think we should take?"
It would be better that way. If none of them wants to chip in full ammount, then if all just give a quarter then it won't be substantial.
Thing is though, it's not the sollution to the problem. The sooner we destroy- I mean vcapture and imprison Tirek, the sooner we can restore everyponies marks and restore Equestria to a Tirek free world.
Celestia: "Then the funding plan is closed, each department shall pay dues equally to support the Markless Ponies. Now we gotta move on to the topic of how Tirek will be dealt with."
Crit: "Biggest thing right now is that we need to find Tirek."
Luna: "Yes and we may have a lead. Right now from Baltimare to Canterlot will be a shipment of a magic staff that is said to have come from the same land as Tirek and his brother Scorpan came from. We believe that there is a connection there that we can use but we need you three to go to Baltimare and make sure the staff gets here safely."
As long as it is a quarter of the worth we would of charged for at least one of them.
And if thats where Tirek will be, then let's go.
I want to break off his own horn and stab his black heart with it!
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Crit: "Right if this staff will get us where we need to be then we should take this opportunity to get this thing."
Celestia: "Then the summit is closed now. Luna and I will be working with the departments to help out with the Markless ponies and hopefully find a way for them to get their cutie marks back."
Twilight: "We'll also be looking around for more information for you three to go off of and will tell you anything we find."
With that said the summit had ended, deals been made, and the future of Equestria uncertain. The party had left and entered the Market area of the Commons District. There they can get supplied and ready to head out to Baltimare to find the transport train.
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That Summit was suprisingly short. Did I miss anything?
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Crit: You were asleep for most of it."
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I wasn' asleep.
I was... thinking about the best way to end Tirek once and for all.
Crit: "Ha, alright alright I believe you. Anyways we need to get on to Baltimare if we want to get on to that train."
Hopefully this train ride will get them the staff they need to help them find Tirek.
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Crit: "We'll think of that later, for now we need the staff."
They go ahead and they leave on a prepaid trip by Celestia to the Baltimare station. The train ride was quiet and soon they would be making the return trip with treasure in tow.
This takes about 1 day to make the journey.
Finally they reach the city of Baltimare, filled with foreign traders while sea salt filled their lungs with every breath. On the train platform they would have to seek out the Master of the Rails and inform them of their escort mission. While the platform they were on was swarmed with ponies, they can easily see the Rail Master's office. A secluded little building with a locked door.
???: "Oh who's there?"
The door opens up and out poked the head of some mare. Her coat was a dirty brown but her mane was a bright white despite being young.
Rail Tie: "Oh hello there, you ponies look dangerous."
Was a bit true since they were covered in scars, Epic Eye missing, Critical ocassionally fading here and there, and Rye's less than mangled leg. Still though she gets out of her office and closes the door behind her.
Rail Tie: "I am sorry to say but I am busy with some paperwork so I can't take any complaints right now."
Complaints? No we're here to assist with the escort of Canterlot treasures.
I'm Epic Mount, these are my friends Critical Hit and Summer Rye.
She looked at them funny, they didn't look the type to be guarding something like that.
Epic Charm 1d12 = 2
Bant 1d6 = 5
VS DC 8
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Rail Tie: "Eh... I don't think so but I think I heard the names before. Remind me again who are you guys? Tell me something about you did to make you famous."
She doesn't seem ready yet to believe the party but given if they can explain more then she is more likely to yield.
Fall of Stratus, Return of Umberfoal? We had somewhat of a hiatus 'cus of the football but it hasn't been that long.
Rail Tie: "Oh I think I remember now, yeah. If Celestia or the Knights sent you then you are most welcome to come along for the ride. First though I gotta explain the deal to you."
She points over to a passenger train that was getting ready to leave.
Rail Tie: "That train there has our sensitive cargo as well as the usual passenger count. The cargo will be loaded up into an armored car in the back and kept under lock and key. It will be your job to ride the train and make sure everything is okay for the trip. To do this you will ride along as one of the passengers but you are to respond to any disturbances."
Crit: "When will the train be leaving."
Rail Tie: "In the afternoon so you have some time to get ready before we go. Any questions?"
Rail Tie: "Typically things are quiet for us but given the nature of what is going on we are taking all precautions as possible. As for its defenses, not even the most powerful unicorn can pierce the metal walls and the lock requires the conductor's keys to open. All in all it should be safe. Keep in mind that there are a total of 5 sections of the train that will be running today and should look like this."
She shows them a diagram of the train cars.
[Engine]-[Passenger A]-[Passenger B]-[Passenger C] [Armored Car]
Rail Tie: "So as you can see there are the three passenger cars as well as the engine and the armored car. Not too much ground to cover but we recommend that you all stay in the Passenger C car but that is up to you."